Ambar - Arlington

4.6
2732 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Ambar is the first modern, international Balkan cuisine restaurant in DC. Inside three locations in Belgrade, Arlington and Washington DC, Ambar blends tradition and heritage with creativity and modern design. The result is an unforgettable visitor experience that reaches all the senses with delicious food, unbelievable drinks and an atmosphere that blends comfort and high style. From rich food, fine furniture, interior design and the widest choice of the finest Balkan rakias, to our first class service – every detail is meticulously woven into an unique experience that will leave you breathless. Welcome to the best of the Balkans.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Starting Dec 31, 2021

Join us with your loved ones for special New Year's Eve celebration with our famous unlimited small plates + Chef's specials of the day + unlimited selected drinks. For more information's please call us on 703-875-9663 and we will give you all the details.

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vipKatieT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team at Ambar never disappoints. I hadn’t been since their first year of operations in Capitol Hill, but this experience made me wonder why, other than no longer working and living in the district I hadn’t been.

Great food, wonderful service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Although they heavily push their fixed price unlimited experience, we ordered a la carte. Food was mediocre at best. Was first time at this location and was disappointed. Did not live up to experience at Capitol Hill location.

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ChrisS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat. Delicious food, and attentive, friendly staff. Well worth the splurge!

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ParnianS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We were celebrating a big birthday for my daughter and they were out of Goulash and Muscles which was definitely on our list of items t order. That was disappointing and the server never told us and the shift changed and when we asked the 2nd server about them she said oh we are out! the first sever never told us and also brought incorrect food that we had not ordered and did not bring what we actually asked for!

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CateG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We went to Ambar this past weekend for brunch and had a wonderful experience. We were a party of six, sat outside which was wonderful. The food and staff was excellent!!

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Haitham
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and excellent service. Our server, Valentin was exceptional and took care of us very well. Highly recommend this place!

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vipPatricia
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great experience introducing friends to the restaurant. We all enjoyed the food outside. Glad you were able to provide more outside seating!

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CUjkjk
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

This was about my 3rd time visiting Ambar, but my first time at the Arlington location. I called ahead and made reservations, but they were extremely busy and the delivery of food to the table took a long time. The food was mediocre, service was ok. I wont be returning to this location again

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at Ambar in Clarendon! We did the Ambar experience, so we got to enjoy a taste of a little of everything off the menu! Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary. Our sever brought out free bubbly and the food and wine was delicious. We’ll worth the 39.99 for the Ambar experience.

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vipJessicaH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The food is always delicious, and there's plenty of outdoor seating (which folks should take advantage of while the weather's holding out!). Service folks are excellent and food comes quickly, but they might be a bit understaffed during the day, so just make sure to mention if you're in a hurry. Yum, yum!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best birthday ever!!!! Thank you for wonderful service and amazing food :)

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CelinaG
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very surprised at the quality of food and energetic atmosphere! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Salmón was overcook and beef sticks were so dry. Also, our waitress was in a hurry to take our orders

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, nice portions for Brunch. I wanted to ho here for a while. I will be back often. The Bloody Mary was my favorite!

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KateM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

My friend and I had brunch at Ambar on Sunday. We decided on the Chef's Experience so we could try a little bit of everything... We tried a hefty portion of the menu and seriously most everything was terrible. Absolutely disgusting. Food was cold and the drinks (mixed berry mimosa) were room temp. The food actually tasted like it was yesterday's food... And the bread was hard as if it was 2-ish days old. Never again Ambar, never again.

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vipSonjaG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience as always!

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vipPatriciaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is friendly and anxious to please.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I’ve dined here before so when I tried the food I was beyond disappointed. It was bland and lacked seasoning. We got the white flatbread and it tasted like oil and bread. The salmon was disappointing, the eggplant jam/harissa sauce was awful. The mussels had zero mussels. The Ajvar again lacked taste.

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HanE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

This was our third visit to Ambar and most disappointing. The dishes were very underwhelming and most of the plates must have been pre- prepared and not made fresh to order. The salmon, chicken skewers and fish of the day were very dry. The grilled vegetables were flavorless and each of the plates (with the exception of the pepper croquettes) could have used a bit more salt. We were served only two hot plates that were delicious - the flatbread and pepper croquettes. Our pineapple mojito carafe was light and refreshing but seemed to only contain a splash of alcohol. At previous visits, we were wowed by the food, our most recent visit was a huge letdown.

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BerginJ
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great time with wonderful food. Allows you to try a little of everything.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food is lacking the original pizzaz it used to have. Much more bland these days. Their drinks suck though and they’ve always been bad but somehow they’re worse now

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great variety and good outdoor seating!

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vipOldTownResident
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We were excited to try this restaurant. The food is solid but the service was not. We sat outside on a Saturday at 2 p.m. the service was bad, even by Covid-era standards. We were told that we could other ala carte or do their all you can eat brunch. But we were only provided menus for their all-you-can-eat options. When the server returned after a long delay and we expressed interest in simply ordering ala carte, we weren’t offered menus with item prices and were told general price estimates, which was odd. Our food came out without us being brought any napkins/silverware or plates so that we could share the tapas-style dishes. Another long wait. Men’s bathroom was dirty.

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Hungryandhappy
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great brunch place with a huge variety of tapas, drinks, and ambiance! We were seated downstairs, which was a bit noisy. Enjoyed our meal and will be back for more!

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vipsommerdeb
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Have wanted to go to Ambar for a long time. Went for lunch during the week to meet friends who were visiting from out of town. We were seated outside, as requested, so there was street noise but that was expected. We ordered the all-inclusive menu and enjoyed many offerings from the kitchen. The flatbread was very good and so were the sausages. Shrimp was wonderful . Salad was a little weak given the bounty of fresh veggies currently available. Only real service issue was the filling of drinks, which seemed to take inordinate amounts of time. Overall delightful lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We visited for a family reunion dinner. The variety and value for the small plates was great. Having spent time in Balkans, I appreciated the flavors. We also enjoyed the wines. Very good sample of Balkan wines. I thought staff were attentive and efficient with our group because we had some show at different times. The ambiance was nothing remarkable, but nice to have outdoor options.

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CandaceG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint lunch spot. Great variety of food and every dish was delicious. Try the express lunch for $25.

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Me04
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

SOOOO good one of my favorite places in Arlington. Stick to the food and drinks though and have dessert somewhere else.....

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Krazmanian
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Get the "Ambar Experience" Bring your appetite!!!

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vip72G2
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best, tastiest food I have ever eaten in Arlington. EVERY DISH was excellent, and the chicken, fish, and vegetables were truly exceptional. It's really a treat to eat here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The server was eh

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Go for brunch! The brunch is definitely worth it!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Cocktails were incredible small and not worth the price. The Amber in DC has better quality food and drinks for the cost. Service was also laxking

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blaire was an outstanding server. She was charming, knowledgeable and made our dinner experience really amazing.

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vipFallsChurchfoodie
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Great drinks, great time.

RS
RaychelleS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the dinner ambar experience! All the dishes were great, fresh, warm, and above par.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

It was my fiancé’s birthday I wanted it to be special for him. It wasn’t the service was bad we had to figure it out by ourselves

NS
NikiS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service as always!